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Most Painful Year Ever — It’s Almost As If the Cubs Organization is Playing a Cruel Joke on Cubs Fans – Ricketts Family Must Clean House – Cubs 3, Pirates 1 6/29/10 & Cubs 0, Pirates 2 6/30/10

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Lou

Hah, hah, hah!!!  I cannot stop laughing.  I was planning on writing a positive article on how Alfonso Soriano has really surprised me this season with a solid 2010 effort.  But after today’s awful showing, I had to adapt my focus.

After dropping a 2-0 embarrassing loss to the Pirates today at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have now lost 9 of 11 games played against the NL’s worst team.  The Cubs payroll is over $140 million.  The Pirates payroll is just over $38 million.  What a joke?


Today’s 2-0 loss summed up the Cubs pathetic season once again.  Pirates starter Brad Lincoln (25 years old) threw 7 scoreless innings and he allowed only 6 Cubs to reach base – 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 HBP.  It was his 1st career major league win in 5 starts – he had let up 16 ER in his previous 4 starts with a 1.54 WHIP and 6.00 ERA.  You just have to love these stats.

I’m not really sure that the Cubs could meet a minor league team right now.  They are playing that bad and they are playing that tight.  The presumption that they are going to lose each and every game is clearly contagious and only a total cleansing of the organization is going to fix this giant mess created by Jim Hendry & Co.

Tom Gorzelanny threw 5 scoreless innings in his 1st start back since taking Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation.  Brian Schlitter threw 2 scoreless innings to keep the game tied at 0.  But then Andrew Cashner suffered his 3rd straight loss in as many appearances because of an Aramis Ramirez error that set up a 1-out game-winning rally for the Pirates in the top of the 8th inning.  It is so comical.

Ted Lilly pitched another great game last night — 7 innings, 1 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk (now an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.06 but only a 3-6 record).  But if not for Alfonso Soriano’s 2 solo home runs, we might be talking about a Pirates sweep of the 3-game series at Wrigley this week.

This team has really hit rock bottom.  It’s time for Hendry to move several players – Carlos Silva, Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano.  It’s time to get some quality young stars into this organization.  And once that is all said and done, it’s time for the Ricketts to show Hendry the door before the season is over so that they can get a legitimate general manager to run the show…

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Should Ryan Dempster Plunk Milton Bradley Tonight in Cubs-Mariners Game – 6/22/2010?

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Lou

Ah – the $10 million dollar question – should Ryan Dempster plunk Milton Bradley tonight in his 1st at-bat given everything t hat has transpired since the Cubs acquired Bradley in free agency during the 2009 off-season?  GM Jim Hendry made one of the worst moves of his career when he signed the troubled Bradley to a 3-year contract worth $30 million before the start of the 2009 MLB schedule.  Bradley was coming off of a career-year with the Texas Rangers(.321 batting average; .436 on-base percentage; 22 HR’s; 77 RBI’s), so the stats looked enticing.  But given the fact that he was 31 years old and given his past “issues”, it would only be a matter of time before Bradley started causing problems in the Cubs locker room and before his on-field production would start to decline because of his age.

Bradley had a horrendous season for the Cubs — .257 batting average; .378 on-base percentage; 12 HR’s; 44 RBI’s.  Some part-time players (Jake Fox) had better offensive numbers than Bradley did.  What made it worse, however, was the toll his presence took on Bradley’s teammates.  The Cubs haven’t had a player who teammates didn’t like this much since Sammy Sosa spent his days blasting his music in the Cubs locker room before each and every game.  Bradley didn’t seem to try very hard.  He never took any responsibility for his poor play.  He blamed the city for being racist and he blamed the fans for saying obscene things to him from the right field bleachers.  He never endeared himself to the city and he finally forced Cubs management to suspend him during September 2009 after he made comments that were detrimental to the team.  Later that off-season, the Cubs moved Bradley in exchange for Carlos Silva who himself had underperformed in Seattle and was under an expensive contract that no team wanted.

But back to my initial question.  While I would love for the Cubs to take it to Bradley (with a pitch right at his chest or back), it doesn’t seem to me that that would even really do anything.  If anything, it would actually help to give some life to the “lies” that Bradley has stated about the Cubs organization and the city of Chicago in general.  Bradley – at this point in another rough season for the Cubs – is an after-thought.  The Cubs have more important things to consider than what Bradley is doing during his stint with his 9th team in 11 years.  It would be better for Dempster to go out and strike Bradley out 3 or 4 times, than give him the ability to charge the mound after getting plunked by a Dempster heater.  I’d love to see Bradley swing for the fences, and then shrug his shoulders or break his bat over his thigh after he pulled off the golden sombrero of striking out for the 3rd or 4th time in the game.

Now Waddle and Silvy discussed this to the point of overkill on ESPN Radio 1000 this morning.  “Meathead” Silvy wants Dempster to plunk Bradley.  Waddle, on the other hand, was firmly against it.  So it looks like Waddle is 100% in my corner.  The Cubs need to focus on putting together a winning streak against a bad Mariners team before they return home to take on the White Sox in round 2 of the crosstown classic over the weekend on the south side.  The Cubs need to use the “Bradley factor” as a motivating force for bringing the team together in order to get back into the NL Central race – a race that is far from over as the Cards and Reds continue to plod through the dog days of summer.  Maybe this will be the 2007 Carlos Zambrano-Michael Barrett moment for this 2010 squad that will bring a team together as they make an improbable run to an NL Central title.  After Big Z popped Barrett a few times in the locker room during a game that sent the catcher to the ER (and eventually out of town in a trade a few weeks later), the Cubs bonded and played amazing team baseball for the duration of the season.  Keeping Bradley in check and getting Aramis Ramirez back on Wednesday night could be just what the cubs ordered in order to get them back on track in 2010.  Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out…

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Too Little, too Late as Cubs Drop Frustrating Opener 7-6 to Angels at Wrigley Field

Posted on 18 June 2010 by Lou

It was another frustrating loss for the Cubs at Wrigley today – 7-6 to the Angels.  After winning 2 straight games over the A’s, the Cubs hoped to keep the momentum going against another AL West team.  But it wasn’t meant to be as Scott Kazmir shut the Cubs down through 6 innings, allowing just 2 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks.  The Cubs had their chances as they do in just about every game, but they could never come through with the big hit to break open an inning.  The Cubs defense also failed their relief pitchers in the 7th and 8th innings.  Jeff Baker’s 2 errors set up all 3 unearned runs off of Bob Howry in the 7th inning.  That turned a 3-2 Angels lead into a 6-2 Angels lead.  Then Derrek Lee’s throwing error in the 8th inning allowed Torri Hunter to score all the way from 2nd base to give the Angels a 7-2 lead.  Not good at all.

The Cubs made it interesting in the 9th inning.  Despite the 5-run deficit, Ryan Theriot and Chad Tracy coaxed walks to set up Tyler Colvin’s 3-run bomb out onto Sheffield.  Francisco Rodney retired the next 2 batters, but Derrek Lee stroked his 2nd home run of the game to deep left field to cut the Angels lead to 7-6.  But Rodney was able to get Geovany Soto out on a ground ball to 3rd base and the Cubs had lost at the Friendly Confines again.

Carlos Silva pitched so-so but came out of the game because of an undisclosed injury.  Silva allowed 3 ER on 6 hits over 6 innings of work.  He did not walk a batter and struck out 4 Angels’ hitters.  Silva has now dropped 2 in a row after winning his 1st 8 decisions as a Cub.

Ted Lilly looks to get the Cubs back in the win column Saturday afternoon against Jered Weaver.  Lilly has pitched very well all season long – 2.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP – but he has been a tough-luck started getting very little run support.  He finally got his 2nd win of the season last Sunday against the White Sox, ending a 5-game losing streak.  He tossed 8 no-hit innings before getting removed in the top of the 9th inning after giving up a lead-off single to Juan Pierre.  Lilly hopes to throw a few more no-hit innings on Saturday against the Angels…

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Cubs Top Pirates 6-1 – 1st Win in Pittsburgh in 2010

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Lou

It was a rare win for the Cubs over the Pirates on Monday afternoon – a makeup game from the game rained out last week.  Carlos Silva won his 8th game of the season without a loss, tossing 7 scoreless innings despite battling a flu all game long.  Silva scattered 4 hits and 1 walk during the outing and needed just 102 pitches on the day.  Sean Marshall earned a 2-inning save – his 1st of the season.

Marlon Byrd went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored.  Byrd has a 4-game hitting streak going – going 10 for 17 with 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored during that hot stretch.  Ryan Theriot reached base 5 times with a double, single, 2 walks, and on a force play.  He scored a career-high 4 runs in the win.

With Reds and Cards losses, the Cubs cut their lead in the NL Central to 6.5 games.  Now the Cubs head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers where the Cubs pulled off a 3-game sweep back in late April.

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Game 2 Cubs-Cards Today; Plus Cubs Fun Fact of the Day — Randy Wells – No Outs in Start?!

Posted on 29 May 2010 by Lou

The Cubs and Cards square off in Game 2 of the big weekend series at Wrigley Field today.  Carlos Silva looks to go 7-0, while the Cubs bats must figure 1st time major league start Adam Ottavino.

The Cubs have already blown 1 scoring chance.  After Mike Fontenot tripled with 1 out in the 2nd inning, the bottom part of the Cubs order could not bring him home.  Starlin Castro grounded out to 2nd base and Koyie Hill lined out to center field to end the threat.  Fortunately, Carlos Silva appears to have brought his A-game.  He has pitched 3 scoreless innings while striking out 7 of the first 10 batters he has faced.  He gave up a lone single to Matt Holliday to lead off the 2nd inning.

In Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Cards, Randy Wells had his worst start ever as a major league pitcher.  He faced 6 batters and did not record a single out.  All 6 hitters reached base with hits and the Card scored 5 runs in that dreadful, game-changing first inning.  It was the 1st time a Cubs starter did not record an out in his game since Jeremy Gonzalez did so back in 1998.  James Russell came in and ended the threat and actually pitched great in a tough situation.  Russell ended up going a career-high 4 innings of scoreless ball giving up just 2 hits and  a walk.  He single-handedly kept the Cubs in the game and earned some great respect and praise from Manager Lou Pinella so did not have to go the bullpen too often.  The rest of the bullpen (save for John Grabow who gave up a 2-run HR in his 1 inning of work) also did a great job – Bob Howry 1 scoreless inning; Jeff Stevens 2 scoreless innings and Big Z 1 scoreless inning.  If the Cubs had talen advantage of some earlier scoring chances against Cards’ starter Chris Carpenter, they may have had a chance to win.

Oh well — let’s hope the Cubs bats come to life in this afternoon’s game.

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Cards Light Up Wells in 5-Run 1st Inning – Cubs Lose 7-1

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Lou

It wasn’t the way the Cubs wanted to start the 3-game weekend series with the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.  Wells did not record an out as the 1st 6 Cards batters recorded hits – scoring 5 runs in the process.  The Cards went on to win 7-1 on a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Friendly Confines.

Carlos Silva takes his perfect 6-0 record to the bump on Saturday.  He will face Adam Ottavino who will be making his 1st ever major league start.

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Cubs Fun Fact of the Day — 6-0 Carlos Silva “Ace” of Cubs Staff

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Lou

His overall numbers may not be the best of all the Cubs starters, but Carlos Silva’s 6 wins has him sitting pretty in a positive 2010 MLB schedule.

I doubt he’s going to go 20-0, but knowing that we got Silva to be able to get rid of Milton Bradley makes this all the more sweet.  Even if he loses the rest of his starts this season, it will be a memorable 2010 season in a Cubs uniform for Silva and Cubs fans all over the country.

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Cubs Win Series with 5-4 Win over Rangers

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Lou

The Cubs defeated the Rangers 5-4 for the 2nd game in a row and the Cubs won a big road series over the 1st place team in the AL West.  The Cubs struck early and often – getting 4 runs off C.J. Wilson in the 1st inning.  Derrek Lee had an RBI single, Marlon Byrd had an RBI groundout and Alfonso Soriano knocked in the final 2 runs of the inning with his 9th HR of the season.  The Cubs went into a shell for most of the rest of the game, but Koyie Hill’s RBI single in the 6th inning helped extend the Cubs lead to 5-3.  That proved to be a big run as the Rangers cut the lead to 5-4 with Michael Young’s RBI double in the 7th inning.

Carlos Silva picked up his 6th win of the season by tossing 5 1/3 innings of 1-run ball.  Bob Howry made his 1st appearance since being acquired last week off the waiver wire and did not look so hot.  He came in to the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to try to work out of John Grabow’s 2 on, 1-out jam.  But Howry gave up an RBI double to Young, got Ian Kinsler to pop out and then intentionally walked Vladimr Guerrero and then gave way to Sean Marshall to quell the threat.  Marshall has proven invaluable out of the pen as he induced Josh Hamilton to line out to 2nd base to preserve the 1-run lead.  And although he walked a batter in the 8th inning, he got out of the jam with 2 K’s and kept the lead at 1 for closer Carlos Marmol.  Marmol worked a scoreless 9th inning with 3 K’s and 1 walk to pick up his 9th save of the season.

The Cubs are trying desperately to get back to .500.  A successful 3-2 road trip against division leaders helped a lot.  Now they need to keep that momentum going against the red hot Dodgers and the 1st place Cardinals this week at Wrigley Field.

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Cubs Begin 2010 Interleague Play with Weekend Series in Texas

Posted on 21 May 2010 by Lou

The Cubs begin interleague play with a visit to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers in Arlington this weekend.

In Game 1 on Friday night, Ted Lilly will take on Colby Lewis.  After his winning his 1st start in 2010 with 6 scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, Lilly has struggle in his last 4 starts.  He is 0-3 with a no decision during that stretch and he has given up 16 ER’s and 5 HR’s in 25 innings over that span.  Lewis is 2-0 with a 3.54 in 3 home starts in 2010.

In Game 2 on Saturday night, Randy Wells looks to get back in the  win column when he takes on 23-year old Derek Holland.  Wells is 0-2 with a no decision in his last 3 starts.  He only gave up 1 ER in 6+ innings in his last start against the Rockies, but he did not get a decision in the Cubs 4-2 extra innings win.  Holland has won both of his starts this season with a sparkling 2.38 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

In Game 3 on Sunday afternoon, Carlos Silva takes on C.J. Wilson.  Silva is 5-0 with a 3.35 ERA but will be tested against the hot hitting Rangers in Texas.  Despite giving up 7 ER’s in 4 1/3 innings of his last start against the Angels, Wilson still has a miniscule 2.55 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.  Just goes to show you how good he has been in 2010.

Should be a fun weekend of interleague play for the Cubs in Texas.  At 19-23, they still have their work cut out for them if they expect to get back in the NL Central hunt.  They trail the 1st place Cards by 5 games and the 2nd place Reds by 4.5 games.  Let’s hope for Cards losses against the Angels in St. Louis and Reds losses against the Indians in Cleveland over the weekend.

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Cubs Ride Hot Bats and Carlos Silva en Route to 2-Game Sweep of Colorado Rockies @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 19 May 2010 by Lou

Carlos Silva pitched 6+ strong innings for his 5th win as the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-2 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

After blowing a great scoring chance in the 1st inning – 1st and 3rd and nobody out after singles by Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot to start the game – I thought here we go again.  But my prayers were answered in the bottom of the 4th inning as the same situation presented itself.  Tyler Colvin had struck out on 3 pitches with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 1st inning, but this time he came through with a clutch line drive single to center field that plated Aramis Ramirez.  The Cubs got 2 more runs in the inning on a Starlin Castro fielder’s choice play and a 2-out single from Kosuke Fukudome, and just like that, the Cubs had a 3-0 lead.  That seemed to relax everyone in Wrigley Field and it seemed to give some confidence to this struggling Cubs team.

Silva pitched well until he ran out of juice in the 7th inning.  He issued his only walk of the game to Troy Tulowitzki to lead off the inning and then he served up Todd Helton’s 2-run bomb to deep right field.  That was all Manager Lou Pinella wanted to see as he turned to trusted lefty James Russell (after Esmailin Caridad walked the only batter he faced) to get the Cubs out of the jam.  Russell notched 2 K’s and a weak fly ball out and the Cubs still had a 3-2 lead.

Then the Cubs tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning on a Starlin Castro single and a 2-run Ryan Theriot single.  That increased the Cubs lead to 6-2 which allowed Pinella to use Zambrano in the 9th instead of closer Carlos Marmol.  Zambrano pitched a perfect 9th inning with 2K’s – think he’s happy to know he’s going back to the starting rotation sometime soon?

The Cubs have won 3 straight and embark on a quick 5-game road trip to take on the Phillies in Phialdelphia on Wednesday and Thursday and the Rangers in Texas over the weekend.  Stay tuned Cubs fans…

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